Martha L. Butkus, 85

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Martha L. Butkus, 85

BEDFORD — Martha L. Butkus, 85, of Bedford, died Feb. 15, 2018, after a brief illness.

She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on Nov. 4, 1932, the daughter of Howard and Katherine (Halstead) Anderson.

She was a graduate of Manchester Central High School and attended Fitchburg State College. She worked as a laboratory technician for many years at Gardner Memorial Hospital in Gardner, Massachusetts, and ended her career as a private caretaker in New Hampshire.

Martha was very outgoing and had a great sense of humor. Her true passion was to watch her grandchildren play sports. She enjoyed traveling and taking long drives in the country, making puzzles and purposely collecting belated greeting cards which she felt were much funnier to send to friends and family. She was a “true Republican” who never missed an opportunity to show her support at every local election. Above all, she will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.

Family includes three sons, Jack Anderson of Manchester, David Butkus of Manchester, and the late Robert Butkus (2012); three grandchildren, Adam Butkus and wife Jen of St. Petersburg, Florida, Ashley Butkus and Matthew Butkus, both of Manchester; two great grandchildren, Thomas and Joseph Butkus of St. Petersburg, Florida; and one brother, John Anderson and wife Kay of Danvers, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by two grandchildren, Sarah and Kaitlyn Butkus.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a service of remembrance beginning promptly at 7 p.m., at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, in Manchester. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Manchester Little League, P.O. Box 4027, Manchester, NH 03108.

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Franklin 'Frank' Molda, 65

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Franklin 'Frank' Molda, 65

LACONIA — Franklin “Frank” Molda, 65, of Church Street died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Frank was born Nov. 30, 1952, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Walter and Phyllis (Wewiorski) Molda.

Frank had been resident of Laconia for 20 years. He worked as a mechanic for a number of years but was a jack of all trades.

Frank enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, and being outdoors.

Frank is survived by four daughters, Christina Blaisdell, Jessica Molda, Heidi Dixon, and Dawn Angers; nine grandchildren, Robby, Hunter, Alyssa, Dustin, Dylan, Donovan, Dominic, Austin, and Justice; two brothers, Walter Molda and Richard Molda; three sisters, Ann Molda, Theresa (Terry) Boyle, and Irene Reily; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Linda Morancey.

In addition to his parents Frank is predeceased by a son, Frank Molda Jr.; and a sister, Wanda Molda Tennant.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb, 24,  at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. Burial will be held at a later date.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Dr. Victor E. Fournier, 88

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LACONIA — Victor “Vic” Fournier, at 88, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2018, at his home. For 64 years he was the devoted and loving husband of his surviving wife, Irene. Vic is survived by his three children, Louis Fournier, Lisa Mason, Lynn Cote, and their families, including eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Born Dec. 29, 1929, in Laconia, preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Irene (Francoeur) Fournier, and younger brother, Gerald. Vic was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish of Laconia. He graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar School; Assumption Prep School, Worcester Massachusetts, Class of ’48; University of New Hampshire Class of ’51; and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, ’55. Upon graduation from dental school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He established his general practice in Laconia in 1957, retiring for the first time in 1996. He continued to practice dentistry for Gage’s Dental until 2011. In 1999 he joined the Northeast Delta Dental team as a Dental Consultant becoming certified with the American Association of Dental Consultants in 2005, working until 2013. He served Delta Dental as one of their earliest board members. He was appointed to the original Board of Directors of the Dental Service Corp. and served for 25 years, six years as vice chairman. Vic was appointed to the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners 1979-89, six years as president of the board 1983-89. He served on the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners 1980-2013. He also served on New Hampshire Dental Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Dental Society, ADA, Lakes Region Dental Society, serving as president, and the American College of Dentistry.

Dr. Vic lived his life as a kind-hearted and compassionate man who treated everyone fairly and with respect. He was open minded and always willing to hear all sides of the story before recommending a course of action. He loved his work and his patients. A beloved grandfather, always supportive for his family. Work, laughter, games and enjoyment of life was how one could describe him. Vic had a passion for gardening, playing tennis, gathering with family and friends, grilling hamburgers, catching a groundhog or two while maintaining the yard to Irene’s standards. He always gave his time to family and others.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish – Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia, with reception to follow.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to

Edna Emerson, 101

HAVERHILL — Edna Reeder Emerson, 101, formerly of Laconia, Woodstock, Ashland and Piermont, New Hampshire and Newbury, Vermont, died on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill.
Edna was born in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Dec. 25, 1916, to George S. and Hazel (Perrin) Reeder, and grew up in Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Religious Education from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut.
Edna was a member of the First Congregational Church of Newbury, Vermont. She loved her large extended family, and devoted her life to teaching and helping children and young people.
On Dec. 1, 1947, she married Harold Emerson. He predeceased her on Aug. 7, 1995. She was also predeceased by her twin sister, Marian Prentice and another sister, Courtney Jones.
She is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Emerson Burke and husband James of Groton, Vermont; a son, James Emerson and wife Judith of Portland, Oregon; four grandchildren, David and Ben Emerson and Allan Kirkpatrick and wife Cheryleen and Aaron Kirkpatrick and wife Christine; great-grandchildren, Jayden and Jaxson Emerson, Elle Kirkpatrick; foster daughter Marcy Gatanti; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
At Edna’s request, there will be no calling hours.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date that will be announced, at the First Congregational Church of Newbury. A complete obituary will follow when the service date is known.
Burial will be in the Woodstock Cemetery, Woodstock, at the convenience of Edna’s family.
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Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.